Marc Burnett's remarkable mastery of color seeps through his original paintings of the past century of African-American life. The fine-inked lines mixed with broad watercolor and oil paint strokes define his style. The subjects, often personalities and memories from Mr. Burnett's predominately African-American neighborhood in the foothills of East Tennessee, are characterized by blank faces. But Mr. Burnett's ability to capture movement and mannerisms in the physique of his subjects clearly identifies each personality.
The Remnants theme came as a natural description of Mr. Burnett's works. He describes his eclectic collection of paintings and sketches as a quilt created as he pieces together bits of his southern African-American heritage. One of his favorites is "Marm", which is a depiction of a teacher in a one room school house and is a tribute to his former teachers. Several of the works reflect Mr. Burnett's curiosity of art form and painting styles. One painting in particular, "Fusion", represents his dabbling with a form of Picasso-inspired abstractism, with a depiction of a one man band.
His works, "Brothers in the Spirit" and "Sisters in the Spirit" encapsulate his spiritual observation of the "Black Church" experience, which is an integral part of his heritage. The truth about viewing his art is that it is, or was, a place that existed, a time that existed, a memory or legacy of how and why people have merged and integrated into what we are, without idealizing humanity. That is why his created works are intriguing and captivating.
Marc Burnett's painting career began as the result of a car crash 12 twelve years ago. His injuries rendered him homebound for a month and his friends sought to soothe his restless nature by bringing him a paint set from Wal-Mart (six colors, one small brush). Always doodling, Burnett began to draw and paint on 4 X 6 watercolor cards provided by his wife Tammie and the evolution began. Initially his subjects were often personalities and memories from Mr. Burnett's predominately African-American neighborhood (Halls Community) in the foothills of East Tennessee (Alcoa).
His latest work has revolved around rural life scenes, and he has a fondness for barns of any sort. Those in a great state of disrepair are his favorites.
He's currently painting "The Color of Despair" a series of paintings depicting people during the Haiti earthquake tragedy.
Marc Burnett is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee Tech University, where he earned a bachelor's, master's and specialist in education degree and played on the Golden Eagles basketball team. While he has no formal art education, Mr. Burnett has been experimenting with painting techniques for several years. His artwork has been on display at Art & Images in Nashville's Bellevue Center Mall, First Tennessee Bank and Poet's in Cookeville, Roane State Community College, Motlow State Community College, Columbia State Community College, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, the Joan Derryberry Gallery at Tennessee Tech University, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also Associate Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. He has been married for 30 years to Tamelyn (Whitted) Burnett. They have two children, Mario 28, and Bianca 24.
The collection will hang in the Catron Gallery of the R. Jack Fishman Library from January 27 through February 14, 2014. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday February 7 at 1:00 pm in the upper lobby of the Library where there will also be a performance by local jazz musicians Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project.
Jazz vocalist Kelle Jolly and her saxophonist husband, Will Boyd are young leaders in the jazz world who share their love of song with classic styles. Their sound honors Southern roots while embracing musical expressions from all over the world. Together with their band they will bring you an unforgettable performance of soul-stirring jazz!
While they are local favorites at venues like the Knoxville Museum of Art and area nightclubs, they have also been the darlings of the Mururon Jazz Cruise in Japan, where they were also married in 2008. Their latest album "Dreams of Muroran" was inspired by their travels to Japan and was presented to the people of Muroran in appreciation for their wedding. They will share photos of their traditional Japanese wedding as well as perform their music.
A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher – A one-act play with music celebrating the life and achievements of Sojourner Truth. A Global Connections Yellow Ticket event with free admission and all are welcome to attend.
The play begins at the 1851 women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. We then go back in time to 1797 and travel with Sojourner as she remembers some of the extraordinary experiences that shaped her life. We get a glimpse of her highly cruel and unjust treatment as a slave. We experience how she bravely took her freedom and how she fought to free her son. At the end of the play, we learn how she became "Sojourner Truth" and get a taste of her dynamic spirit as an orator as she delivers her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech.
The International Education Fee Oversight Committee will sponsor a day at Dollywood's Festival of Nations in Pigeon Forge, TN on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Students and employees may purchase additional passes for family members at a discounted rate.
Everyone obtaining a pass to Dollywood for this day will be expected to attend at least one of the entertainment shows being offered during Festival of Nations. The titles, places and times will be chosen from a predetermined list at the time tickets are distributed. Attendance will be taken at each show.
Everyone planning to attend, must purchase a voucher that will later be exchanged for a Dollywood One Day Pass.